Shin Kee Beef Noodles SpecialistJuly 15, 2010 | 12,737 views
Would you have trusted this “beef noodles specialist”, if not for the positive reviews?
Let’s talk about beef noodles in the Klang Valley today. I have tried Soong Kee beef noodles, Lai Foong beef noodles, and Yang Kee beef noodles over at Taman OUG. But none that managed to entice me for repeated visits over the years. Except for Shin Kee beef noodles on Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, a stone’s throw away from the entrance to Petaling Street …
He is seemingly the next generation of the original Shin Kee which by the way is still operating over at a stall on Jalan Hang Lekir at night only. (Refer to axian’s blog for more information, but in Chinese)
Fond memories come flooding over me, whenever I speak about this Shin Kee next to Petaling Street. Opens only for breakfast and lunch, I used to patronize this shop (or stall?) whenever I took a bus from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur that used to stop at Pudu bus station.
So you can imagine a young guy lugging around his backpack, walking almost half a kilometres away in order to get his beef noodles fix. The shop can seat at most, about 20 patrons. Yes, less than 10 tables are set up in the small half-a-premise, hence you have to share a table with strangers if you’re alone or in two’s.
No problem though, for a meal at Shin Kee is almost too clinical; you walk in, go over to the counter and place your order. Straight forward enough as you choose your noodles cooked in soup or dry, then your preferred beef cuts. Finally state whether you want to have a regular portion (RM6.00/USD1.80) or with EXTRAS at RM8.00/USD2.40 per bowl.
Dry Lou Shu Fun (Rat’s Tail Noodles, or Rice Noodles) with the immensely flavourful minced meat topping. Looks dry, but a spoonful or two of the wholesome beef broth and you’re good to go.
Then pick your seat, and wait in anticipation for your beef noodles to come. Thankfully, the shop is air-conditioned hence providing a cool respite from the sweltering heat on the streets. You’re literally eating by the road, as from the comfort of your table, you will still be able to see curious passerby stealing a glance no thanks to the aromatic whiff, and vehicles zooming along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock.
I usually settle for the tried-and-tested “Kon Low Lou Shu Fun” or dry rat’s tail noodles (short, stubby rice noodles) with a side serving of beef balls and slices of fresh beef in soup.
Unlike most beef noodles outlets, you don’t get radish, or even salted vegetables in the beefy soup. Instead, only the most basic combination of chopped spring onions, and coriander as well as a dash of pepper to complement the already piping hot and flavourful broth punctuated with a robust beefy taste. Maybe you can consider adding the tripe into the ensemble, but I stick to the bouncy balls and tender slices of beef for the best experience.
Deliciously springy beef balls, and tender slices of fresh-cooked beef in a clear, tasty broth
Aside from the RM1.00 increment, Shin Kee has not changed much since I first paid my visit about 8 years ago. Surprise, surprise ……
I have not heard of, nor seen the other Shin Kee stall that operates at night by the elderly couple (presumably the guy’s parents, but can’t be sure), until I watched that episode of Taste of Jason back in May this year. Should be worthy of a visit, since you can’t get good beef noodles at night, aside from Soong Kee. (Which I apologetically admit that I have misplaced the photos …… somewhere in the stash of food shots taken with my handphone ages ago)
“Whatcha looking at, Motormouth?!!”
SHIN KEE BEEF NOODLES SPECIALIST
7A, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone : 6012-673 7318/6017-238 8331 (info from Malaysia Most Wanted Food)
Business hours : 10.30am – 3.30pm daily.
Closed on Wednesdays.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Shin Kee Beef Noodles Specialist.
* You will see this small shop a block away from the entrance to Petaling Street. Directly opposite of Lai Foong Restaurant, which is also famous for their beef noodles. *